The London Broncos academy continued their successful season so far, beating league leaders, Wigan Warriors, at Trailfinders Sports Club.
With a final score of 38 points to 26 to the home side, the Broncos looked to be in control for large parts of the game, against a team which had conceded only one prior loss this season.
Head of Youth at Broncos, Rob Powell, told us , “Although results are not always a great indicator of where we are at, this represents the improvements that have been made in and around the academy in recent times”.
“The win against Wigan is testament to the extremely hard work that is going on, largely unseen, in the programme.”
With the defeat, only the second of Wigan’s entire season, the London players left the field suitably pleased with themselves as a group of boys who are friends as well as team mates.
Powell added, “This is a good programme here in London, and you can see through the camaraderie within the academy that a large proportion of these boys have been in the programme for almost four years now”.
Head coach of the academy, Jamie Langley, said that though the win may come as a surprise to some people on the outside looking in, it’s not something the team are getting carried away with.
“Obviously, it’s a great victory for the players to be involved with, and they deserve to enjoy the result of their hard work and effort. Whenever you play top sides such as Wigan, it’s pleasing to perform well and come away with a win, but it’s not something the team is getting carried away with.
“We teach the boys that each week is a new challenge, and the key focus for us is optimum performance, and to be honest, by the time we had got to the changing rooms some of the boys were already thinking towards the next game.
“People do sometimes get carried away with wins like these, and in the past this would have been a huge surprise result for the London Broncos academy, but I’d like to think that our players, and the teams we have competed against this year, wouldn’t find it so surprising.
“We told the boys to enjoy the win, but move on. We talk about celebrating the small victories. In the grand scheme of things, you need to look ahead and be hungry for the next challenge.”
Langley also spoke of the system in place at London – providing the club with the ability to bring young players through, and how much it means for the club to be able to keep these young men playing together.
“It really helps the cohesion within the group, as these boys have played together for so long now.
“Some of them will also have played together within the community game here in the capital, too. Thanks to the great work done by community teams, the boys have an understanding of the game when they first join our scholarship or academy programmes. We work on the same ethos and core values throughout the club – from scholarship right the way through to the first team – so it’s nothing new to them, and that will help when they hopefully make the next step in their careers.”
The London Broncos Academy side continue their season this week as they travel north to play sixth placed City Of Hull on Saturday and with people like Rob Powell and Jamie Langley taking care of the future of the youth side of London Broncos we are sure you would agree it is in some very safe and capable hands.